Apple Is Looking For A Few Good Antenna Engineers?

Now that the dust has settled and it’s confirmed that the  iPhone 4 does in fact hate left handed people, it looks like the boys and girls at Cupertino are seeking out a few good engineers in an attempt to remedy the signal issue.

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The only question that remains is whether Apple is seeking them to fix the ever so popular iPhone 4 or in order to keep this issue from reappearing in iPhone 4G (as that is what it will probably be called in 2011). [Read more...]

iPhone 3GS Superior To iPhone 4? Huh?!

iphone4signal 490x145 iPhone 3GS Superior To iPhone 4? Huh?!

With all the fuss over Apple’s iPhone 4 signal woes, it looks like one engineer decided to put the iPhone 4 to the test against its older brother (iPhone 3GS) as well as its nemesis (HTC Nexus One).

While the article did admit that iPhone 4′s antenna was superior to its rivals untouched, it looks like “man’s most magnificent creation” is easily sullied by human hands.

It’s difficult to be exact about the data, since signal is very sensitive to direction, ambient conditions, and cell breathing. To generate these numbers, I measured at least 6 times and took the average. The results are pretty self explanatory. Inside a case, the iPhone 4 performs slightly better than the Nexus One. However, attenuation gets measurably worse depending how you hold the phone. Squeezing it really tightly, you can drop as much as 24 dB. Holding it naturally, I measured an average of 20 dB.

The drop in signal from cupping the device with a case on is purely a function of us being “ugly bags of mostly water.” A material which happens to be pretty good at attenuating RF – thus increasing path loss between the handset and cellular base station. There’s nothing Apple nor anyone else can do to get around physics, plain and simple. It’s something which demonstrably affects every phone’s cellular reception. (AnandTech) [Read more...]

In The Age Of iPhone 4, Palm Grows Desperate

palm pre webos1 150x150 In The Age Of iPhone 4, Palm Grows DesperateDespite being saved by HP (who bought Palm for $1.2 billion), it looks as if Apple’s other nemesis is removing every barrier in order to attract developers upon their (dying) platform.

Palm is also trying to increase interest in their applications by offering a 50% discount on the majority of their catalog, starting immediately. The good news for developers is that they will still be paid the full amount, despite the discount given to customers by Palm. (CrunchGear)

According to CrunchGear, Palm is also waving the $50 application fee which was already half of what Apple is currently charging developers to create apps for iOS 4. [Read more...]

Verizon Plus iPhone Equals Death To Google’s Android?

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With iPhone lovers already upset with Ma Bell over pricing, network issues or (most likely) both, it comes to no surprise that the Verizon iPhone rumors are once again making the rounds.

But apparently the media is once again claiming that we will see a Verizon iPhone in our life time, which means that loyal fans of the carrier may finally be able to join the iCult.

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.’s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said.

The device will be available to customers in January, according to the people, who declined to be named because the information isn’t public. (via Bloomberg) [Read more...]

Microsoft Deletes Blog For Leaking Windows 8?

windows8demo3 Microsoft Deletes Blog For Leaking Windows 8?

With Microsoft giddy about the launch of Windows 7 Mobile in the fall, it looks like one of their employee’s was a little too excited and seems to have (accidentally?) posted early demos of Windows 8 upon a blog powered by Live Spaces.

Fortunately another blogger was able to retrieve a few screen shots for MS lovers everywhere before the Redmond giant shut down the blog.

One of the features is that the PC will automatically resume from sleep and log-in when it sees you. Microsoft calls this “My PC Knows Me” The idea is quite simple, most computers now come with a webcam built-in or have one connected to them. Microsoft will be using this camera for facial detection and along with a proximity sensor the algorithm behind it will do the rest. (via I’m Just Being Manan) [Read more...]

Google Chrome Takes Bronze, Dethrones Apple

chromesafari Google Chrome Takes Bronze, Dethrones Apple

Google may be losing the smartphone wars against Apple, but as far as the browser wars go it looks like Google Chrome may have displaced Apple’s Safari as the third most popular browser in the US.

Google’s internet browser Chrome has overtaken Apple’s Safari in the US for the first time on a weekly basis according to StatCounter, the company which provides free website analytics. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that for the week beginning 21 June Chrome overtook Safari to claim third place in the US browser market. (Business Wire)

Currently Google Chrome ranks third globally, with only the mighty Firefox and IE ranking ahead of the nimble browser. [Read more...]

Apple Sells 3 iPhone’s For Every Android Phone Sold?

applevsandroid Apple Sells 3 iPhones For Every Android Phone Sold?

With Google activating 160,000 Android smartphones a day, you would think emperor Steve at Cupertino would be nervous about the search Titan’s rise in prominence.

But despite the various Android phones hitting the market, Apple is still outselling their green rival 3 to 1.

Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, and Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video.

“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.” (PR Newswire) [Read more...]

Apple Hates Left Handed People. Just Ask iPhone 4

applelogo Apple Hates Left Handed People. Just Ask iPhone 4It looks like those of you who were lucky enough to pick up an iPhone 4 may have to adjust your mindset back a few centuries and embrace the superiority of us “right handed folk” now that Steve Jobs has confirmed that iPhone 4 was never designed for lefties.

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases. (via Engadget)

For those doubting or hoping that this “anti-left” anomaly will not affect their precious iDevice, you may want to check out the video below and fork up an extra $29 for Apple’s glorious solution. [Read more...]

Windows 7 Mobile: Remember, Remember The Month Of October

microsoft logo Windows 7 Mobile: Remember, Remember The Month Of OctoberIt looks like Microsoft has establish a semi-firm time table of when the world will see the first Windows 7 Mobile device, and as far as we can tell it will definitely launch on or before Halloween.

The demo comes down to 3 features of the OS: Applications as ads, being able to pin these applications as live tiles to the start screen and get updates and continuing engagement with the user there, and “toast” which appears to be notifications application developers (which in AdApps will be the advertisers) will be able to send to the end user. [...]

Also unrelated but of note is that Mich Mathews,  Microsoft VP for Marketing again confirmed an October date for the launch of Windows Phone 7[.] (WMPowerUser.com) [Read more...]

Google Kills Off Android App

android robot logo2 Google Kills Off Android AppIt looks like the search giant was forced to remove a couple less than honest apps from Android devices after they discovered that the mobile programs did not perform the function detailed by their creators.

Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.

After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided, per the Android Market Terms of Service, to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup. (Android Developers Blog)

Unlike iOS where apps must survive a tribunal in order to appear on the app store, Android Apps are automatically uploaded as soon as they are submitted (which might explain why the software is gaining market share despite iPhone 4). [Read more...]